Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend in NYC: Best Things To Do with Kids

Celebrate Italian American heritage at the Columbus Day Parade in Midtown on Monday, October 10. Photo courtesy of the Italian American Society
Celebrate Italian American heritage at the Columbus Day Parade in Midtown on Monday, October 10. Photo courtesy of the Italian American Society

It's the long weekend  Indigenous Peoples Day weekend and we've found tons of things to do in NYC with kids. Here are our top picks for family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this long holiday weekend.

Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, October 10, marks the holiday formerly known as Columbus Day for NYC's school kids. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is celebrating all weekend on Wickquasgeck Trail (Broadway), or families can visit the Brooklyn Children's Museum for holiday-themed music and storytelling, or head to Randall's Island to celebrate the original native New Yorkers on Sunday and Monday. Columbus Day celebrations linger as well, including the nearly century-old parade up Fifth Avenue.

No matter which holiday you're celebrating, this weekend is—as usual—packed with great activities and fun things to do for kids and families. Those dinos at the Bronx Zoo are starring in their own evening fright fest, Dinosaurs in the Darkness: The Hatching. There's a Broadway Fright Night musical celebration perfect for theater kids. The Little Red Lighthouse Festival is beaming uptown. You can even come face to face with a falcon at Wave Hill. And, at the top of our list: FAO Schwarz's 160 Years of Toys blowout at Rock Center!

Read on for our top picks for the coming weekend, and check out our list of 25 fun things to do on Indigenous Peoples Day in NYC. Our just-released New York City Halloween Fun Guide is ready to help you plan out the rest of this month, and, as always, our Family Activity Calendar is spookily stuffed with delicious activity options and updated daily.

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Places featured in this article:


Various locations along Broadway

Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park)

Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center

Torsney/Lou Lodati Playground, Queens

Bayswater Playground in Bayswater Park
Lights Up on Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square - 5:00 PM Pick
Bushwick Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade
Knickerbocker Plaza - 5:00 PM Pick
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides